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Celebrate Green Week Feb. 7-11

February 09, 2011

In recognition of National Green Week February 7-11, Keep Bristol Beautiful encourages citizens and businesses to implement small changes in lifestyle and habits to work toward “green” solutions. According to Keep Bristol Beautiful Coordinator, Kathy Lowdermilk, there are very simple ways to start going green today.

“These are steps that anyone can do,” said Lowdermilk. “They don’t require a lot of sacrifice and the payoff is measurable. And, perhaps most importantly, they are just as beneficial in the workplace as they are in the home,” she added.

1. Bring Your Own Mug...to work, get-togethers, events and the coffee shop. Reusable containers reduce waste and reduce possible chemical leaching from discarded disposable cups. (recycledpromos.com) Think of all the places you could use a mug rather than a disposable cup. By using a mug, you’re making a choice that makes Bristol a “green” place to live!

2. Ride a Bike — Replace at least one car tip a week with walking, bicycling, carpooling or public transit…and YOU can decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 pounds. (Nashville.gov)

3. Can the Incandescent! — Compact fluorescent bulbs – or CFLs — use 66% less energy than incandescent bulbs, leading to less carbon dioxide emission related to energy generation. Replacing just three frequently used incandescent bulbs in your home can save $60 a year. (greenlex.org) And, if you own a business, the savings are just as great in the workplace!

4. Brush your teeth without running the water while you brush. When you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, you save 3.8 gallons of water a day. (Nashville.gov)

5. The Brick Trick! Put a brick in your toilet tank. By displacing that volume of water, your tank will use less water to fill up. You will save a third of a gallon of water every time you flush! (USA Weekend) If you don’t have a brick, you can fill a 2-liter soda bottle and place it in the tank instead.

6. Pull the Plug on Unused Appliances — Appliances that are plugged in, but are not in use, still draw power. Household appliances not in use – including game consoles, kitchen appliances and electric razors – can add up to nearly 20% of a home’s monthly electric bill. (USA Weekend) Plug the “vampires” into power strips and all you’ll have to do is turn off the power strip when not in use. And again, what you do at home, you can do at work.

7. A Degree of Savings — Adjust the thermostat two degrees up in the summer and two degrees down in the winter. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions a whopping 2,000 pounds and saves $98 a year. (greenlex.org)

8. Pump ‘Em Up! Keep your tires inflated to the appropriate air pressure level. This will extend the life of your tires and give you better gas mileage. Proper inflation can save up to $840 in gasoline a year. (Louisiana Energy and Environmental Resource Information Center)

9. Showered in Savings — Every minute you cut from your shower saves roughly 5 gallons of water. The shorter your shower time, the lower your impact on the environment. (squidoo.com/agreenlife)

10. Recycle! Recycle! Recycle! When you recycle, YOU are reducing pollution, reducing waste, saving energy…and so much more! Bristol has recycling bins located throughout town – at schools and other municipal sites to receive your newspapers, plastics, aluminum, tin, and at some locations, glass.

For more information on Keep Bristol Beautiful programs and ways to get involved contact Coordinator Kathy Lowdermilk at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 423.989.4850.